A man rapes and kills six women in a gruesome way

By Lisa Nyanhongo

In a shocking development that one would think pulled from a horror movie script, a 30-year-old man from Marondera is said to have gruesomely raped and murdered six women on different occasions.

Police said they are investigating all cases and have arrested the suspected rapist and murderer, Bright Zhantali, who is currently in custody amid fears he may be linked to numerous other gruesome incidents.

Apart from the rapes and murders, Zhantali also stole valuables from his victims, including cellphones, money and clothes.

According to a police memo seen by NewZimbabwe.com on Monday, Zhantali was arrested on March 19.

Police say he admits to committing the offenses and have since made clues to the various crime scenes.

Police allege that on January 15 he approached the first victim at the Dejagger bus stop as she was on her way to buy mushrooms. He would have accompanied her and, along the way, he would have tripped, raped and strangled her until she lost consciousness. He used a stone to crush his head to death.

After the heinous attack, according to police, he left with the woman’s two cell phones worth $150.

On January 18, another 40-year-old woman also fell prey and was murdered and raped.

One of the victims was 60 years old.

In another incident, Zhantali allegedly approached one of the victims who was reading his Bible in the fields of Marondera.

He offered love and she refused his request before he forcefully threw himself on her and raped her before killing her.

The accused gave details of all six cases so far, police said.

He also admitted to committing other murders in Mutare, Rusape and Nyanga and the police are still investigating.

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